An Apprentice’s Journey - Sara Dennis Embroidery
11 April - 20 May
This exhibitions provides an insight into the teaching at RSN at Hampton Court Palace. Sara spent a busy three years, stitching about 80 hours a week under the scrutiny of some gifted tutors to produce the pieces on show. Each is a different technique illustrating the standard required to pass the course and be able to teach under the auspices of The Royal School of Needlework.
Dawn Chandler and The Levens Quilters -The Art of Quilting
30 March - 7 May
Dawn has always loved sewing and when she inherited a sewing basket containing vintage sewing items she thought they would make an interesting subject to paint, so she begain a series of sewing themed paintings. After visiting an exhibition by the Levens Quilters, she was inspired by the quality of work and artistry. The Art of Quilting exhibition is a celebration of these beautiful quilts and Dawn's homage to textiles through her art.
Geoff Rushton- Deep in the Wood
1 March -29 April
Geoff sees himself primarily as a psychonaut, an explorer of the mind. The sculptures he creates are a physical manifestation of this, crystallized thoughts, snapshots of the constantly shifting processes of the mind. This process works both ways; thoughts influence the physical and the physical influences thought. He finds the interaction fascinating and explore it through his work. Most of his materials are gathered from the fields around his home; wind fallen trees, fieldstones, pebbles and scrap metal from the farmyard. He likes to source them from the surrounding countryside because he's lived in this area his whole life and haa a strong connection with the landscape, this feeds his work.
Gina Tawn and Penny Hunt -Sgeir
6 - 8 April 2018
Gina is a printmaker and painter who since graduating in June 2017 has been re-building her skills in drawing, oil painting and printmaking processes etching and aquatint. Gina’s interest lies in focusing on particular elements in her work such as tone and form. She hopes that this will give strength to the subjects concerning solidity in structure. This can be seen featuring strongly in her charcoal drawings and Monotypes of landscapes. In her oil paintings she uses colour sparingly in order to focus on the colours unique qualities.
Walking is a strong feature in Gina’s practice as it is the first steps to gathering ideas and thoughts in sketches. Many of the pieces in this exhibition have been developed from drawings made on walks or lengthy still life/ life drawing compositions in the studio. The many stages of drawings helps Gina to understand the depth of her subject and to find new ways of interrogation in her practice.
Based in the Yorkshire Dales, Penny’s studio gives wide open windswept views of mountains, moorlands and mist; her work is about the little things that make up that landscape of freedom, the places where you feel the full force of wind and weather and find some perspective on life. Being drawn to the sea she paints regularly from the coast, preferring rocky coastlines and rougher seas where she can spend hours watching the water move over and between obstacles. By painting directly on the shoreline seaweed, sand and spray are windblown into the work creating texture and atmosphere. Layers are later built up back in the studio, worked from memories and sketches, never photographs which remove the immediacy of the feel of the place.
Jimmy Aitkinhead - Textiles
6-27 March 2018
A long-time artist and respected teacher at the Queensland University of Technology in his younger years, Jim Aitkenhead has been exhibiting his unique lino block art since 1986 and has been involved in exhibitions in Scotland, London and the US as well as Queensland.
His textiles are inspired by marine fossils, botanica and everyday objects, and uses block printing on fabric, a technique Jim was first introduced to as a student of the Dundee College of Art in Scotland in 1947.
Jim talks about the floor being his printing table, inking the lino block and then standing on the back of the block after it has been placed on the fabric (he uses very big blocks).
International Textile Exhibition
A rare chance to see some of the best textile art in Europe, if not the world, opening 9 January until 4 March 2018
‘Trip to the End of the World’ is this year’s theme for the '23rd Le Carrefour Europeen du Patchwork textile competition' with the winners and a short list of 38 selected by a panel of international judges from the hundreds of entries by artists from Italy, South Korea, France, the Czech Republic, China and many others. These make up the touring exhibition – where traditional techniques including patchwork, quilting and embroidery are used to create what is best described as extraordinary, contemporary wall-hangings some of them, from a distance, almost appear as paintings.
‘Trip to the End of the World’ follows last year’s ‘The Magic of Colour’ which drew audiences from Scotland and all parts of the North of England. What better way to start the New Year . . .
Details of some of the textile artists whose work will be exhibited.
Rita Dijkstra-Hesselink (Netherlands)
Rita’s consists of contemporary modern quilts using hand dyed fabrics, often combined with silk. She is interested in contrasts, both in shape and in colour. The fabrics are sometimes processed extra with textile paint or oil crayons, for example, by screen printing, templates or stamps. She also uses materials such as organza, angelina and angelwire.
She is a member of art groups Colorminds and ImportArt.
Sylvia Rouffet Veronique (France)
For many years my work focused on using patchwork and embroidery together. I then introduced painting in my work. My speciality is to paint on natural linen, adding textile elements or other materials. For example with the work selected by the Carrefour Européen 2017, entitled "Ferveur de Pleine Lune" I added some organza and then I quilted slightly by hand to respect the delicacy of the subject.
Romana Černá (Czech Republic)
Since my childhood I liked sewing as a hobby. 15 years ago I began with traditional Patchwork and early started using some mixed media technics in my works. Nowadays I´m focused mainly on art quilts. The inspiration for my quilts are nature and ordinary life around myself. For several years I work as a member of committee Prague Patchwork Meeting and cooperate on organisation of workshops for this exhibition. I have displayed my work in numerous exhibitions in Europe. I´m a member of SAQA, Art Quilt Harbour and the regional formation Bohemia Patchwork Club.
Shin-hee Chin (USA)
Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Shin-hee Chin received her BFA and MFA from Hong-Ik University. Shortly after, she immigrated to the United States with her husband and raised two kids while earning her MA in Fiber Arts from California State University at Long Beach.
Shin-hee’s primary medium and method her work (fibre, thread and stitching) provides a unique agent of interpretation with their tactile richness, vibrant colour, multilayered depth, as well as the complex cultural roles of this medium. By incorporating fibre, she converts the conventionally feminine activity of needle works into a medium for art making. The slow, repetitive nature of stitching enables her to be more mindful of the present moment.
Barbara Lange (Germany)
I am an artist who works mainly with hand-dyed silk and colour gradations. My main theme are insects, the evolution of life, and our role in life, both symbolised through the gear wheels I use in my pieces. I have exhibited and taught all over the world, my latest bigger events being in China. Apart from pursuing my own quilting career, I volunteer as President of the Patchwork Guild of Germany, which sometimes turns out to be a second full-time job. But I love doing that because it offers so much creative space completely different to my textile occupations.
Marianne Burr (USA)
"My work is a joyful enterprise. I'll never tire of ways to paint lustrous china silk with new colour combinations. On the silk, they seem to grow from within. With the hand stitching that adds texture to my designs. I've chosen a labour-intensive way to work that provides the pleasure of constant challenge"
Maria Stoller (Switzerland)
I have been working with textiles for many years now and have in the last 5 years been working on a theme that has interested me all my life, namely kinship and the relationships we all experience. My use of the portrait and emotion has been part of my work since this new beginning. It is a very complex subject, one I don't think I'll ever truly be finished with. As support for my textile work, I draw and paint.
Gabriele Völler (Germany)
The theme of my quilts is nature: flowers, trees, landscapes. The basis for my patchwork is usually a photo taken by me. The design, the choice of fabric and color and the difficulty of sewing a "picture", fascinates me. I deliberately use commercial fabrics. For me it is a challenge to use these fabrics in such a way that I reach my goal. Quilting, which gives the work relief and structure, is also very important to me.
Le Carrefour Europeen du Patchwork
Launched in 1993 to mark the 300th anniversary of Jacob Amman’s founding of the Amish community in the Alsace valley town of Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, Le Carrefour Europeen du Patchwork is now the largest Patchwork festival in the world, attracting more than 22,000 visitors.
Quilting has always played an important role in Amish life; traditionally sewn by the women of the community as functional bed-covers and commemorative pieces to mark marriages and births, these quilts are still made in the region today, making it the perfect location for a celebration of the best the contemporary patchwork and quilting the world has to offer.
Unlike most textile shows, which tend to be held in exhibition centres, this one is scattered across the four picturesque villages that make up the Val d’Argent; Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, Sainte-Croix-aux-Mines, Lièpvre and Rombach-le-Franc. Historic buildings, places of worship and village halls are all transformed into temporary galleries, together exhibiting over 1200 beautiful, fabric-based art works.